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House fast-tracks bill outlawing some abortions

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would outlaw nearly all abortions after the 22d week of pregnancy was put on a fast track to the House floor on Wednesday after being approved in committee on a party-line vote.

The 20-to-12 vote by the House Judiciary Committee on the Republican-sponsored Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is the latest instance in which abortion opponents have pursued a new legislative strategy that aims to focus public attention on the disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain.

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